No matter the type or size of your event, having the space well-decorated truly enhances your guests' enjoyment.  But HOW are you going to accomplish that?

FIRST - TAKE "INVENTORY"

  • What is your budget?
  • How much time do you have?
    • Time prior to the event
    • Time the day of the event
    • Time after the event
  • How much quality help do you have?
  • Do you have items you can use?
  • Do you personally enjoy doing it?

Know Your Options:

  • Hire it done
  • Rent items you can decorate with
  • DIY - Make and decorate yourself
  • Purchase Decor-To-Go
  • Maybe a combination of the above...

WHAT IS THE BEST OPTION FOR YOU?

Hiring Your Decorating Done

PROS
  • Professional Results
  • Easier to Manage - Less Stress
  • Saves on Time
CONS
  • Higher Cost

Rent Your Decorations

PROS
  • Higher Quality of Decor at Less Cost
  • Can Accent Items with Your Own Twist
  • No Dealing with Items Left Afterwards
CONS
  • Need to Transport Items Before and After
  • Items May Still Need Decorated
  • Requires Last-Minute Time

DIY Decorating

PROS
  • Less Cost - (Usually)
  • Can Decorate/Make Items Ahead of Time
  • Acquire the "Right-to-Brag" That You Did It
CONS
  •  Results May Not Look High Quality
  • Difficulty in Finding Items You Need
  • Requires Planning and Time and Help
  • Requires Last Minute Time and Help
  • Need to Deal With Your Items Afterwards

Decor-To-Go Decorations

PROS
  • Professional Results
  • Easier to Manage - Less Stress
  • Saves on Time Before, During & After Event
CONS
  • May Be Hard to Find
  • May Not be Suitable for All Events

Doing a Combination of Options

PROS
  • More Flexibility to Control Costs
  • Have More Control on Time Limitations
CONS
  • More Thing to Manage
  • Easier for Details to get Over-Looked
  • Items May Not Be Cohesive

IN CONCLUSION...

There is NO one answer for every person or every event.  There is just one answer for YOU and for your CURRENT EVENT focus.  For a successful event, (AND ensuring that you do not end-up over-extending yourself resulting in a lot of stress) be sure to do your planning and allow buffers in budgeting your resources (money, time, and help).

Would you like some more help?  I'm a great "behind-the-scenes" secret weapon.  "Join the Party" below for more tips OR Contact me at cheryl@ourhappiesttimes.com!

Author: Cheryl Rupple

After selling her 26-year Special Event Decorating Business, Cheryl started blogging to continue helping people celebrate their happiest times. Enjoying life as a Special Occasion Designer, Certified Balloon Artist, Prom Consultant, Wedding Designer/Decorator, and Small Business Coach has brought many happy times to her, those she has met on this path, and hopefully you!

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